Six of the best: Leeds family restaurants

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The Easter bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with the family but you’ll need somewhere to go after a day out, so here are six of the best family restaurants in Leeds

GUSTO COOKRIDGE

You have to take your hat off to the people at Gusto - or rather, children have to put their hats on... their chef’s hats that is. That’s because little ones (and I’m sure big ones too, assuming you feel in the mood for a spot of pizza DIY), get the change to be chef for the evening by designing their very own pizza.

And it’s not just a case of them requesting ingredients, the waiters will actually bring the ingredients to the table in snazzy little bowls and let the kids arrange them, before the whole things is whisked off and put into the specially built pizza oven. Parents get your camera ready.

CALVERLEY ARMS, CALVERLEY

There can’t be many pubs in Leeds with a garden as big as this. In fact, the Calverley Arms is probably just as good for hard-pressed parents as it is for children. It’s spacious garden has plenty of tables and there’s still enough grass left for the young ones to run and play while you relax with a well earned drink. Assuming the sun is shining, of course. But even if it isn’t, the indoor area offers a welcome escape from the elements with traditional fires and low ceilinged exposed beams. They have a great selection of ales and the food is more than adequate.

BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL, ARENA DISTRICT

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen consistently breaks the mould when it comes to pub stereotypes. It’s a real chameleon compared to other venues. It hosts live music acts, festivals, special one-off events, has great food and drink and it’s all within walking distance of the city centre. For example, still to come this month they have a pie and cider festival on March 27, yoga convert class, a ‘raw meat all dayer’ and trombone band Tromboranga. Could you get any more diverse. Added to which, they are entirely child (and dog) friendly.

OUTLAWS YACHT CLUB, CITY CENTRE

This venue, tucked away on New York Street, host a range of events including Q&As, book clubs, film nights, poetry readings and art exhibitions and they positively love children. They have a stash of board games to borrow and describe themselves as a “a very laid back, family friendly venue”. They also host regular quiz/cheese and wine night and the venue transforms into a cocktail bar in the evening. It’s open until late and there’s no dress code. The owners describe it as “a creative space to hang out, listen to music and meet like minded people.”

THE TETLEY, CITY CENTRE

This fantastic venue runs regular family craft days, led by artists with everything from making simple prints, to designing robots, book-making and creating recycled crafts, suitable for children aged five-11. They run other creative classes for under fives.

Over the Easter weekend and right through to April 13, they are running drop in creative art workshops for all the family, responding to themes in their art exhibitions, Winter Garden and Picture Book. Plus it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a drink.

EAST, PUDSEY, WEST LEEDS

East Bar Lounge and Grill in Pudsey is one of those larger than life places that seems to appeal to young and old alike. It’s become a firm favourite of locals and even our very own Oliver restaurant pages.

Food is consistently good and service remains one of their fortes, meanwhile, chefs are happy to tailor dishes to suit gentler palates.

There’s also plenty of parking at the Richardshaw Lane venue and prices are exceptionally reasonable. It’s also got one of the best atmosphere’s going, with a real lively buzz. There’s another East in Horsforth too.

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